Friday, May 8, 2009

Enbridge will appeal $2.4 million fine levied for fatal Minnesota accident

DULUTH, Minn. – This July, Enbridge Pipelines, LLC will makes its case for a reduction in the fine levied by the U.S. Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration for a fatal accident in Minnesota.
PHMSA has proposed a $2.4 million dollar fine from the November 2007 fire and explosion in Clearbrook, Minn., that killed two contract pipeline repair workers from Superior, Wis.
Spokeswoman Denise Hamsher says Enbridge is not contesting the investigation, only the $2.4 million fine.
She says Enbridge’s own internal investigation agrees with the government findings, but that the fine should be consolidated. There should be fewer specific violations, thus a smaller fine. She said she doesn't know what figure would be appropriate.
The hearing is set for July 13th in Kansas City.

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